The U.S. Census Bureau announced the U.S. population (308.7 million) and the statewide breakdown this week. While the state population grew by 6.1 percent during the last 10 years to about 39.5 million, California has not kept pace with the nation’s rate of 7.4 percent. California had more births than deaths, a positive net international migration, and negative net domestic migration for an increase of 2.284 million people.
This decline is mostly due to slow growth rates in parts of Los Angeles County. But relatively high growth rates in the Bay Area and the San Bernardino/Riverside County/Inland Empire translates to more political influence after 2021 redistricting.
Based on the numbers, California will lose one seat in the House of Representatives, which has never happened in the 170-year history of the state. In fact, the state picked up seats in every other Census count since California became a state, until now. California is one of seven states to lose seats in the House of Representatives.
“Texas will gain two seats in the House of Representatives, five states will gain one seat each (Colorado, Florida, Montana, North Carolina and Oregon), seven states will lose one seat each (California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia), and the remaining states’ number of seats will not change based on the 2020 Census,” according to the Census announcement.
While Texas is the only state to gain two seats, California still has 14 more House seats than Texas.
Lisa Brown has more than 30 years of experience in corporate communications and marketing management with organizations including Grubb & Ellis, Marcus & Millichap and NAIOP.
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